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The New Art Center is pleased to announce the opening of Excavations, an exhibition investigating the relationship between artwork, geology, landscape and time. The six featured artists engage in excavation either formally, by removing layers of material, or metaphorically, through a process of uncovering memories and hidden histories. Informed by twentieth-century land art and altered objects, these artists skillfully cut, rip, dig, scrape, peel, rebuild and relocate to give their materials new meaning. The exhibition includes thirty-four diverse works, ranging from drawings and altered books to maps and furniture.
AUGUST VENTIMIGLIA– (Wellesley, MA) sculpts, grinds and excavates lines. For works in his Rift series, he creates a fault line by sculpting plaster on an uneven surface, then letting part of the sculpture fall. The rift splits the plane into two levels, implying geological as well as personal and metaphysical divisions. Ventimiglia recently completed a seven-week residency at the Montserrat College of Art.
KEN LANDAUER– (Kingston, NY) uses a well-defined process to uncover compositions. For his Excavation (2011), he broke away layers of plywood to expose a hidden surface. He is a master craftsman who often combines humor and precision in his work.